Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kitschorama - Jet-Set Library Music From the 1960's-70's

From the music libraries of Chappell, Atmosphere, & KPM comes this compilation of songs guaranteed to please. Lots of Italian artists on this one....Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Armando Trovaioli, Gianna Garchetti, Tony Crombie, just to name a few. The "Steve Martin" on tracks 32 & 36 is NOT the comedian. So don't bother asking! TRACK LISTINGS - SAMPLES: Download entire album here: Megaupload Link NOTE: This album was posted on December 6th, NOT November 16.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Roger Roger - City Movement

It's been awhile since my last post. But don't worry, the lounge is still open for business! Today we're featuring the music of Roger Roger (pronounced Ro-zhay Ro-zhay). People within the Testcard Circle are familiar with his music. This compilation highlights some of his recordings done for The Chappell Recorded Library, as well as others. The zip file is somewhat large (221.58 MB) because it's been ripped at 320 kbps. It may take longer to download, but it's worth it. SAMPLE: TRACK LISTINGS & DOWNLOAD LINK

Thursday, September 11, 2008

V/A - More Music For Shopping

Here's another compilation of library music. SAMPLES: "The Samba Goes On" / "Manhattan Playboy"

TRACK LISTINGS and Download Link

Generation Gap

This past week I recorded a song I wrote last year. This is the first song I've done using a free recording/mixer program called "Kristal Audio Engine" First alittle technical information. In addition to using Kristal, I also used another free program called Audacity for editing the final mix and converting it into mp3 format. My computer's soundcard is an old (1998) "Soundblaster Live!" 5.0 card. The song consists of 9 tracks. And yes, it's all me.... 1- Vox Continental organ 2- Gretsch electric guitar (played through a Martin "Stinger" amplifier) 3- Drums (seen in above photo) 4- Electric bass 5- Acoustic bass (near the end of the song) 6- Horns (Optimus MD-1200) 7- Strings (Optimus MD-1200) 8- Pizzicato strings (Optimus MD-1200) 9- Radio sound clips (the intro is played through a Danelectro digital tape delay unit) Around 2:40 into the song is a portion of Spiro Agnew's infamous (or famous, depending on who's side you were on!) 1970 speech against the Vietnam war protesters. One final note....I believe the one thing that really sucks about digital recording versus analog tape is the sound quality is so crisp and clear, you can hear ALL the imperfections! The "hiss" from the tape used to hide it (especially when recording multiple tracks). Geeze, I never thought I'd actually complain about the sound quality being TOO good. Anyhow, this is probably more information than you cared to hear. So here's the song, enjoy. .....or Download

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Heinz Kiessling

Sorry for going so long between posts. I had that carpal tunnel surgery last year. For the most part it worked great (I'm playing the guitar again!), but last month I was spending waaay too much time on my computer, and the wrists started getting I took a break from it.
I'm pacing myself now, so don't get too discourged if I don't post here EVERY day. The Lounge isn't being shut down. :)
Now, back to the music. I have two albums here. The first is Heinz Kiessling's Coloured Strings from 1964 (tracks 1-14) and the second Heinz Kiessling album is titled "That's Music" from 1965 (tracks 15-28). I got this music from a friend within my SoulSeek circle. But he informed me that his original source was The Sound Spectrum. It's amazing, through all my Google searches I've never found that blog until now (Heinz Kiessling is an artist I'm frequently searching for but rarely able to find). So I hope HP doesn't mind me posting this music here even though it's available from his website. These are two GREAT albums.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Unfortunately something has come up and I won't be able to continue posting here. This should only be temporary. So the blog will continue to exist, just don't expect any new posts for now. Bryan

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Life In The 1940's

When I first saw this album I was expecting Big Band/Jazz music in the styles of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. But the title is somewhat deceiving in that sense. Forget what you thought you knew about the 40's. Instead, think commercial air liners and life as it was entering the 1950's....with a car in every driveway and a television set in every home! DOWNLOAD LINK

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Music For Shopping

The music comes in many different styles - Bossa Nova, Swing, Instrumental pop, etc. And there seems to be equally as many different names for it - elevator music, jet set, space age lounge, cheesy listening.....well, you get the picture! But no matter what you call it, it's always fun to hear. So hop in the ol' Desoto and take a nostalgic trip with this compilation of library/light music from the 1950's, 60's & early 70's. ***TRACK LISTINGS*** DOWNLOAD LINK

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Golden Gate Strings - The Monkees Songbook (1967)

As promised last month, here's the Golden Gate Strings - The Monkees Songbook, produced by the legendary Stu Phillips. The reflections seen in the pictures of the album cover are the result of this record still being in it's original shrink wrapping (this album is in exceptionally good condition). Bare in mind, when I rip my LP's, I don't run any filtering software to clean up the recordings. Everything is untouched. Rapidshare Link: CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fumo di Londra - Piero Piccioni (1966)

This is the soundtrack for the 1966 Alberto Sordi film "Fumo Di Londra" (Smoke Over London). Music is by Piero Piccioni. I love this album so I really thought I'd love the movie too. Unfortunately (for me) this film was intended for an Italian audience and I don't speak Italian, so I can't understand anything they're saying! Granted, there is some english dialog, but not much. Anyhow, this is probably more information than you need, but just bare with me. Here's a brief synopsis of the movie which I found on the New York Times website:
Alberto Sordi directs and co-stars with Fiona Lewis and Amy Dalby in this situation comedy with songs. Dante Fontana is an Italian antique dealer who specializes in items from Britain. When he finally gets to take his much-anticipated trip to the British Isles to attend an antique auction, Dante gets into a bidding war with a doughty duchess at the event, but she invites him back to her castle. The woman's hip granddaughter Elizabeth takes Dante on a swinging tour of London to witness mod rockers at play. The culture shock is too much for Dante who quickly makes plans to return to his wife and children in Italy.
All in all I enjoyed the movie, but would've liked it more if I knew what the hell they were saying. The soundtrack is superb. This is some of Piero Piccioni's finest work. Hope you enjoy it too. SAMPLE: Here's the TRACK LISTINGS and

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gordon Langford

Today we feature British light music composer, Gordon Lanford.
In the 1960's-70's much of his music became staples on BBC television during those "off air" hours while the test card was being shown. This compilation highlights the music from that period. Here's the TRACK LISTINGS . MEGAUPLOAD LINK

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Frederick Fennell - Conducts Cole Porter

This album is from the early 1960's. I acquired the record about 3 years ago when I worked at the Middleton Senior Center. They had me cleaning out the attic when I found this gem. I haven't listened to it for awhile, so I forgot how great it really was! They just don't have composers like this anymore. The chances that they'll ever reissue this album are zero. It's a tragedy most kids growing up today will never get to hear this wonderful music. Anyhow, here's the TRACK LISTINGS with liner notes by Nat Hentoff.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bob Thompson - The Sound of Speed (1960)

The owner of this music has asked me to remove the download link. You can purchase MP3's from this album at iTunes or Rhapsody. Be sure to visit Bob's site HERE

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Paul Mauriat - L.O.V.E (1969)

All in all, this is a good album, but personally I think "Silver Fingertips" is the strongest track on the whole record. I'll let you decide for yourself. This will be my last upload for the weekend. I shall return on Monday with more music! See Comments for track listings. SAMPLE: Download entire album:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Hollyridge Strings Play Hits Made Famous by The Four Seasons (1966)

It's weird, the things that inspire us sometimes. In January of 2004 I was listening to "Dave The Spazz" on WFMU and at the opening of his New Years show he was playing an instrumental version of Frankie Valli's "Walk Like a Man". I'd never heard of the Hollyridge Strings at that time, so I emailed Dave to ask him who did this song. He told me, and that's when I began collecting The Hollyridge Strings. That show can still be heard HERE (it's the very first track)
It took me about five months before I finally had all the Hollyridge Strings' albums (there's 10 in all) and as an added bonus I also acquired another Stu Phillips album "The Golden Gate Strings - Monkees Songbook". It'll be posted here eventually, as will the rest of my HS records. But for now, here's the LP that started it all. Rapidshare download link

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Media Music

Here's a Compilation of library music I put together a couple weeks ago. It was originally posted on the Schadenfreudian Therapy website (see "Links"), But I figured I'd post it here as well. There are many artists you've probably heard of and some you may not....Syd Dale, King Palmer, Johnny Keating, Van Phillips, Ronald Hanmer, Ivor Slaney and many others. TRACK LISTINGS
Musical styles range from 1950's light orchestral, to the "Now Sound" of the early 70's. SAMPLE (Bonne Suprise - King Palmer): Enjoy!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bill Justis Plays 12 Big Instrumental Hits (1964)

1- Alley Cat

2- A Swingin' Safari

3- Stranger on the Shore

4- Mexico

5- Last Date

6- Rinky Dink

7- Green Onions

8- Take Five

9- Theme From A Summer Place

10- The Stripper

11- Wonderland By Night

12- Calcutta

Sunday, June 15, 2008

David Rose in HI-FIddles

I should've started this blog a long time ago, but I suppose it's better late than never. This LP is from 1957 and as far as I know, hasn't been re-released on CD yet. See comments for track listings. Download Link: